[ Anglais] What Experts Have to Say About Miracle Cure Diets

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Topics include: Diet and Nutrition

The Internet is rampant with superfood and miracle diet claims to prevent or even cure cancer, but is there any truth to these astounding statements? Watch now to hear it straight from prostate cancer experts, Dr. Celestia Higano from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Dr. Tomasz Beer from Oregon Health & Science University. 

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Jeff Folloder:

What about the people who claim on Facebook or other social media that they can eat their way to health? “I can use a macrobiotic diet,” “I can eat just this, that, and the other thing, and it’s going to knock my prostate cancer right down, and it’s not going to be a problem.” Can people eat their way to health?

Dr. Beer:                

I don’t even know what that terminology means, but as Tia said, if there were things that really worked reliably, that have been shown in organized studies and not just a single anecdote, we would be using them.

Some people think that there’s...

Dr. Higano:          

Conspiracy…

Dr. Beer:                

…conspiracy to keep cancer cures at bay.

Jeff Folloder:     

You’re not the first people to mention that.

Dr. Higano:          

I’m sure we’re not.

Dr. Beer:                

That is not true. The beauty of our diverse system is that even if—I don’t think there is such a conspiracy anywhere, but even if you could imagine one group or one company trying to do that, we have a competitive marketplace. The physicians are independent of industry. There are so many—patients are their own best advocates, but there are so many folks involved that there is no secret cure out there, I’m afraid.

Jeff Folloder:     

Not yet. We’re working on it.

Dr. Beer:                

When we find it, it’s not going to be secret.

Dr. Higano:          

And it’s not going to be just one, either.

I think, unfortunately, that’s a fallacy that’s been perpetuated by the media, that there’s going to be one cure. 

Dr. Beer:                

There’s going to be many.

Dr. Higano:          

There’s many cancers. Even within our own field in prostate cancer, we know there’s a great variety of different types and behaviors of prostate cancer, and some treatments may cure one form, but perhaps not the other.

Dr. Beer:                

Occasionally, I hear stories of someone who did something and had a good outcome, and I’m here to tell you that I see miracles all the time. Cancer is not linear, and it’s not always predictable. Tia and I both have had the privilege of caring for patients who’ve had much better outcomes than the statistics would suggest, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that something they did is the reason. I think it’s just the nature of the disease.

We think maybe the immune system kicked in, maybe the disease ran out of blood supply, maybe it forgot how to grow, maybe a drug was just amazingly effective, and even though it’s not as effective for most people, for that particular patient, their disease was so hormone-sensitive that a year of hormone therapy, and here they are, disease-free, five years later. Those things do happen, and they give us hope, but they also sometimes are exploited by those who’d like to advocate for a particular supplement or particular unproven idea.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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